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Chung Tian Temple hosted its inaugural discussion on the intersection of AI and Humanistic Buddhism

Chung Tian Temple recently held its first-ever seminar focusing on the convergence of AI and Humanistic Buddhism, attracting an audience of sixty participants. The session was led by Venereble Dr. Juewei, who delved into the ways in which Humanistic Buddhism principles can guide the ethical and compassionate application of technology.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines and computer systems. Today, AI finds application across various domains such as commerce, medicine, engineering, software, and entertainment, exemplified by Siri, Face ID, and self-driving cars—all falling under Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI), proficient in specific tasks. 

While Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), mirroring human intellect, remains a future prospect, the theoretical pinnacle, Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), suggests machines surpassing human capabilities across all fields, raising profound ethical questions. 

Addressing AI's implications—whether beneficial, harmful, or daunting—the audience shared diverse perspectives. Some viewed AI as an enhancer of efficiency, stressing responsible usage. Others emphasized personal discretion in integrating AI tools into daily life, guided by insights from Humanistic Buddhism. 

Humanistic Buddhism advocates mindfulness to navigate AI's complexities, enabling individuals to retain agency amidst technological influence. Embracing Bodhicitta, or the aspiration for enlightenment, encourages leveraging AI as a partner for creating a better environment for the benefit of all sentient beings, exemplified by initiatives like the MettaVerses, aligning technology with Buddhist principles. 

In essence, by harmonizing Humanistic Buddhism values with AI development, Fo Guang Shan aims to harness technology for the greater good, fostering a compassionate and improved world. 


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